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My page has been hacked. The film Friends Don't Let Friends Date Friends had its plot description changed out of spite. A vengeful person changed my plot description to "it had a plot- not that I noticed" I have sent in a correction. I want IMDB to give me the name of this person who changed my plot description so I can take legal action. Further I want that person no longer to be able to post on IMDB.
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Rhonda Parker

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Actually, it hasn't.

Your Plot Summary is still intact. However, someone has added a one-line Plot Outline which is what you quoted. See both on the Plot Summary page.

Additionally, IMDb will not disclose any contributor (unless required by law). I don't know what 'legal action' you were contemplating, as you have no 'right' to have your Plot Summary included on IMDb. If they feel it is not what they want, they have every right to remove or suppress it.

Finally, it s not your page; it is IMDb's page about a film you produced and directed. What they include is at their sole discretion, not yours.  IMDb tries to maintain as accurate a database as possible, but this can mean rejecting submissions by the people involved in productions, as they are often too close to it to be objective or are more interested in promoting their film than following IMDb's policies.
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Do you work for IMDb, David? Are you a film maker? Are you a lawyer? Are you trying to be helpful or a jerk in your reply?  I have the right to pursue legal action against those damaging my business reputation with online harassment. How is letting people post  obnoxious comments where the plot outline is suppose to be helping IMDb to have an accurate database? I'm asking IMDb to have more discretion. They remove reviewers for not checking the spoiler alert box- but they will allow childish pranks? Users of this site should be afforded some protections. 
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No, I don't work for IMDb, nor am I film maker or a lawyer.

Yes, you can pursue anyone for almost any reason, but you should look at the costs and the likelihood of winning. However, threatening legal action may not be the best idea. A while ago we were informed that IMDb personnel were under instructions not to reply to any person once they had started or even threatened legal action. They may have loosened up now, but the threat is likely to make them more circumspect in their replies.

If instead of posting a rant with an inaccurate base you had just asked how you could improve the situation, you might have got a different reply. IMDb won't remove something because you don't like it, but they will delete items that don't fit their criteria.

If you check the Submission Guide: Plot Outlines, you will see that it states that :
Outlines describe the story – don’t just write 'A sequel to’ 'Based on the book', which people may not have seen or read
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Don't include analysis or personal opinion (i.e. "This film is one of Hitchcock's finest.")
It seems to me that the current item does not fulfill either requirement, so you should be able to get it removed.  You should submit a Delete request for that Plot Outline. The Explanation is critical; do not complain it is not what you want, but explicitly state that it doesn't describe the film and is also a personal opinion so it doesn't meet IMDb's requirements.

You might also consider adding your own Outline, so that the main page contains a complete item rather than just the first part of your Summary.
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What David said, plus:

Many, if not most, companies will have the same reaction to threats of lawsuits. Just so you know.

I also recently read an article about the 10 worst things to do when contacting a company's customer service and it said the same thing. You'll likely have then end contact and figure you'll need to have your attorney deal with it (which is what companies I've worked with have also done).

If you're one of those who thinks that that will somehow make them shiver in their boots and begin to do what you think they should, you're probably taking about the worst thing you could possibly do.
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I was not threatening IMDb- so I see no reason for them to feel that I had. I sent in a corrected Plot Outline- but it has not yet changed. This site is so frustrating.